Suzie McConnell-Serio Receives Extension

URGH - Duquesne University Director of Athletics Greg Amodio announced today that head women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has signed a multi-year contract extension which secures her as the Dukes' coach through the 2013-14 season.

"Suzie has taken the Duquesne women's basketball program to new heights in a very short period of time," said Amodio. "Her proven ability as a leader and teacher of the game, combined with an unparalleled work ethic has built a solid foundation for the future. Suzie and her staff have recruited the type of student-athletes who represent Duquesne University in an exemplary manner, on the court, in the classroom and in the community. I look forward to Suzie being part of our program for years to come."

"I am excited about the opportunity to build on what we started two years ago," said McConnell-Serio who led the Dukes to their first ever 20-win season and post-season appearance this past season. "I appreciate the support and confidence Dr. Dougherty and Greg Amodio have in the program."

McConnell-Serio, who was inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame last June, has taken Duquesne from seven to 20 wins in just two seasons as head coach. She posted a 15-15 record in 2008 before guiding the Dukes to a 20-12 record and WNIT appearance this past season. The 35 wins are the most by any coach in Duquesne women's basketball history over a two-year span.

The 2008-09 Dukes, who were picked to finish eighth in a preseason poll of Atlantic 10 coaches, finished in a four-way tie for fourth at 9-5 in a highly-competitive conference that produced a record seven 20-win teams. Duquesne finished strong, winning its last six regular-season conference games before adding a win in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Duquesne hosted Butler in the opening round of the WNIT.

In two seasons under McConnell-Serio, Duquesne's RPI has improved 163 spots from 251 to 88. The improvement is the fifth-best among 328 NCAA Division I programs.

"I love being at Duquesne," added McConnell-Serio. "This is where I want to be."